Policy portal Stability & Supervision

When trust in the financial system disappears, panic sets in: fire sales of financial assets and bank runs can make the entire system collapse. Taxpayers are forced to bail out “too-big-to-fail” institutions to protect essential economic functions (deposits, credit, payment systems).

Mitigating implicit “moral hazard” requires sound prudential policies protecting essential banking services from excessive risk-taking and maintaining adequate capital levels to cover possible losses. Well-resourced, and independent supervision is also key. Finally, prudential regulation must also respond to new risks related to digitalisation (see “Digital Finance”) and climate change (see climate risk under “Sustainable Finance”).

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30 PUBLICATIONS

Open letter

Open letter calling on policy-makers for a Basel-compliant Europe

In an open letter signed by 36 organisations and 79 individuals, Finance Watch called on co-legislators to reconsider their deviations from the international banking rules and steer Europe back on course with a timely, full and faithful implementation of the Basel III framework at EU level.
Speech

Finalising Basel III to serve the European economy (ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package”)

At the ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package” on 31st March 2022, Finance Watch’s Chief Economist, Thierry Philipponnat, called for a faithful implementation of the Basel III framework and to adapt it to take into account climate change related risk at Pillar 1 level (video here).
Finalising Basel III to serve the European economy (ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package”)
Policy brief

Policy brief: “Cracks in the pillars – Financial stability loses out in the EU’s Basel III endgame”

Finance Watch’s analysis of the Banking Package 2021 shows how it fails to do justice to the Basel III cycle of post-crisis reforms and continues to leave European banks insufficiently capitalised, and taxpayers exposed.
Consultation response

Improving the EU Macroprudential Framework for the Banking Sector (Consultation response)

Improving the EU Macroprudential Framework for the Banking Sector (Consultation response)
Speech

Public hearing on EU Banking Package at German Bundestag

On 28 October 2020, Finance Watch participated in a public hearing at the German Bundestag Finance Committee on the implementation of the EU Banking Package.
Public hearing on EU Banking Package at German Bundestag
Speech

Hearing at the Bundestag on the finalisation of the Basel III framework

Covid-19 looks set to become the banking sector’s most powerful argument yet to demand a wholesale roll-back of the Basel III framework.
Hearing at the Bundestag on the finalisation of the Basel III framework
Consultation response

Consultation response on implementing the final BASEL III reforms in the EU

Consultation response on implementing the final BASEL III reforms in the EU
Position paper

How can safer banks hurt the EU economy?

Finance Watch publishes a critical analysis of a report on the EU implementation of the final Basel III framework by Copenhagen Economics for the European Banking Federation. It aims at balancing the public debate around the importance of sufficient capital requirements for the benefit of European societies and economies.
How can safer banks hurt the EU economy?
Position paper

Three reforms to strengthen the Banking Union and the euro area

As a complement to a hearing held on 7 November 2019 by MEP Pedro Marques as rapporteur for the Banking Union Annual Report, Finance Watch published a technical brief on the financial architecture of the Euro Area.
Three reforms to strengthen the Banking Union and the euro area
Report

Report: “#10yearsAfter – Back to Business as Usual”

In its comprehensive analysis of post-crisis regulation, Finance Watch demonstrates that the opportunity for a fundamental realignment of the global financial sector has been missed and that none of the structural vulnerabilities that led to the financial crisis of 2008 have been tackled in a decisive way.
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